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Emerging Europe Alliance seals transatlantic coalition

Business and IT service providers, together with emerging Europe locations, are receiving increasingly more exposure on the international market. The Emerging Europe Alliance for Business Services, Innovation and Technology, the fastest growing and most innovative business coalition in the region, asserting itself as a powerful advocate and representative voice for its members, has sealed a partnership agreement with the US-based International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP).

“The partnership with Emerging Europe provides unique benefits to both sides,” says Debi Hamill, CEO of IAOP.  “Growing our footprint and bringing new value to existing members is key for us. We’ve been producing events in Europe since the early 2000s and we’ve seen substantial growth in terms of opportunity in the region. We wanted a partner with a similar vision and we’ve found that in Emerging Europe. Tom Quigley, CEO of the Alliance, is joining IAOP’s European Outsourcing Council, adding his wide range of expertise to the group. We’re looking forward to a symbiotic collaboration between our two membership organisations.”

“Our relationship with IAOP fits perfectly with our strategy of raising the profile of emerging Europe with key global markets and delivering opportunities for businesses and locations to showcase their expertise and explore meaningful partnership development opportunities,” says the Alliance’s Mr Quigley. “IAOP is a very prominent, highly-regarded association with a longstanding heritage and a global community with worldwide members and affiliates. We’re delighted to be invited to play a role in their global summit and are fully focused on ensuring we bring the very best of what the region has to offer for the benefit of their members.”

‘In the Nordics, IT Studies’ remains a popular choice as a secondary education path, however, businesses of all sizes still face a lack of local software and engineering resources,”  says Alexander Reay, president of the Nordic IT Association. “This demand will continue to grow exponentially as enterprise continue to move steadily forward with their digital transformation efforts and equally the startup industry continues to boom.”

“In this regard, we see a huge opportunity for service providers in the EE regions, to offer needed resources and meet the growing demand. Nordic IT is both delighted to be a partner of the EE Innovation Alliance and the Nordic InnoTech Summit to foster and promote the EE region as an attractive sourcing destination for Nordic businesses,” Mr Reay tells Emerging Europe.

In February 2019, the Alliance will take a select group of six service providers and locations from the region to OWS19, IAOP’s flagship annual conference held in Orlando, Florida. The Alliance will be the exclusive host of the Tuesday evening reception and put its members in the spotlight in its pavilion in the Global Services Mall.

Earlier, in October 2018, the Alliance is organising the InnoTech Summit in Stockholm, Sweden, together with the Nordic IT Sourcing Association, to showcase how emerging Europe organisations can partner with Nordic buyers and investors.

Throughout 2019, the Emerging Europe Alliance is planning on holding more InnoTech Summits in the UK, Sweden and the US, as well as seminars in Germany and other markets.